Share My Stash Update


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I wanted to share a quick update on how well this went!  I could hardly believe it.  I had anticipated 10-20 donations and was prepared for that.  I went to bed shortly after posting my giveaway/fundraising attempt to several different sewing Facebook groups.  While I was sleeping my post went crazy!  I checked first thing in the morning and found we had received nearly 70 donations.  I went to work vowing to find lots of boxes and start a list of donors.  Two hours into work and we received close to another 30 donations.  At that point, I posted that I had to stop accepting donations.  Where was I going to get 100 boxes to ship?  How was I going to fit 100 packages in my car?

100 DONATIONS!!!

It took a couple of hours once I got home to sort through all the donations. I also researched alternative shipping options and I decided on shipping in those Priority flexible envelopes.  It will be easier to transport them this way.  So I ordered 100 of these envelopes from the USPS website and they should arrive within the next day or two.  The other thing I decided was that I am going to have to do multiple shipments.  When I was thinking 10-20 donations I knew I could easily handle shipping that, but 100 is going to be way more than I had intended.  So the fabric goodies will have to go out in waves.  Please be patient with me in that respect.  I did get a few envelopes from the post office this past weekend and have started packing up the first orders, which will ship out tomorrow.

The picture above is a fraction of the fabrics I have pulled out ready to be packaged!  I am keeping track of how much is actually going out.  I am excited to see what that final tally will be!  I promise to share that with you all too.

So are you curious as to what our donation total is?

drumroll…

After Go Fund Me and PayPal took out their fees we received a total of…

$1029

Can you believe it?!?!?  I know I couldn’t when I first added it up.  I am so incredibly blown away by the support of our online sewing community once again.  In less than 24 hours we became 1/10th of the way closer to our adoption goal!  There are some other things in the works that I cannot talk about that are very promising as well.  For the first time since starting our fundraising journey, I feel like I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and the beginning of our adoption journey.

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The Great Destashing

Oh my gosh!!  I am blown away by the response to this post.  I seriously anticipated maybe 10-20 donations.  As of right now, we have received nearly 100 donations.  Seriously, thank you for all the support!!  Because of the overwhelming response I am going to have to put a hold on any more donations until I can get caught up.  This is possibly going to take me a few weeks to get everything double checked, packed, and shipped.  I want to make sure I am not leaving anyone off.  Plus, I don’t think I could fit this many packages in my car to take to the post office. 

Stay tuned for future destashings!

Let me get straight to the point.  I want to give you my fabric!  Yes, you read that right! Take my fabric!  Please!  You know you want it!

Why am I giving you my stash?  A couple of nights ago on Twitter I shared a pic of my sewing room and the maybe 6 feet of space I had to walk around in.  Then yesterday, I was trying to locate some particular fabric, which I never did find, and was stabbed in the toe by a straight pin in my fabric.  Oh and I was wearing shoes at the time.  Not cool.

  My stash is getting out of control!  I have been stressing about it and have not bought a great deal of fabric this year as a result.  Now, I am not saying that is bad by any means, but I don’t want to stress about it anymore.  Sewing is supposed to be relaxing and fun.  I don’t want to feel like I can never keep up.

 I am out of space to put my fabric away so it goes on top of any flat surface I can find.  For real!  These lovelies deserve to go to a seamstress who will actually use them.

So here is what I am proposing.  If you want a fun mystery box of fabric from my stash, it is yours!  I will pick a few pieces of goodies from my stash and ship it to you.  Each box will have at least 3 yards of fabric plus some other fun sample fabrics.  I am guessing that I can put some sort of sequin fabric in every box too!  I am going to make that a personal challenge.

 

Now this can get expensive on my end for shipping all of these lovely goodies to you to make gorgeous things out of.  I estimated it to be between $7-$10 based on weight for domestic.  So what I am asking is that you make a small donation of $5.00 to our adoption fund to help cover shipping costs. I am willing to do international shipments with a larger donation.  All the donations will stay in our adoption fund and shipping will still come out of my own pocket.

So what do you say?  Are you in?  I hope so, because of all these pics you see it does not even show all of my fabric stash.  There is more! Can you believe it!

 So, if you want some make a donation of $5.00 or more click on the Paypal link on the sidebar.  Make sure you enter the address you want it shipped too and a note saying “Share your stash”.

Please help get the word out and share this post as well!  I really want to de-stash and raise money for our adoption!

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Motivation Outfit and PJ’s

Butterick 5153

First pajamas!  I made three pairs today.  These two use B5153, my TNT pajama pattern.  The key pattern is a pair of shorts for myself using 1 1/4 yards of stash flannel that I got at Jo-Ann’s last November.  The Bears print is a pair of pants that I have had cut out since November.  I figured if I was making pajamas today I might as well finish a UFO while I was at it.  Yay for getting things out of my overly crowded sewing room.

Now, I did say that I made three pairs today, but I only have a picture of two.  Why?!?  Well the third pair was for Eric and he hijacked them as soon as I was done with them.  He won’t let me take a picture of him in them either.  Booooo!!  At any rate, for the third pair I used pattern B6837 and 2 yards of orange, white, and black plaid from the stash.

I feel like these are very boring sewing makes since they are so easy and there is nothing else to say about them than my fabric usage.  Even with that it is much needed, cake sewing that I am glad to do since it uses up my stash.

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This is something a little more fun!  I made this way way back at the beginning of April.  I used Butterick 6837 for the top and bottom.  This is one of Gertie’s patterns for Butterick.  I love it!  I really wanted to try cigarette pants, pastels, and vintage styles this spring/summer and this satisfied all three of those. It was very easy to construct.  The only change I made was to add four buttons to the top instead of the two it called for.  Before I get into the details of this outfit I want to share why I am not wearing it.

When I decided to make this I realized that this pattern went up to a size 20, and I normally wear a 22.  Now, I could have just sized the patterns up a bit to make it work for me , but I decided to make it at a size 18.  Crazy, right!?!  Clearly it isn’t going to fit…yet.  I am working to lose 40 lbs total by fall.  So far I have lost 10 lbs and in another 10 lbs this outfit should fit!  I figure if I was down 20 lbs I would feel more comfortable wearing this because of where the top hits. Ten more pounds!  Ten more pounds!  This is definitely motivation to keep going.  I want to wear this outfit!

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For the top I used 1 1/2 yards of a lilac purple linen from the stash.  I got this fabric in a mystery bundle from Fabric Mart at some point in the last two years but I don’t know exactly when.  I was originally going to give this fabric away because I thought I would never use it.  I am glad I didn’t.  My favorite detail about this top that I didn’t catch from the pattern envelope is the back of the collar.  I love that it dips up and over laps.  It is unique!  The only downside to this top is that because I used linen it is pretty much permanently wrinkled.  Win some, lose some.

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 For the cigarette pants I used 2 1/4 yards of floral print stretch twill from the stash.  This also came from a Fabric Mart mystery bundle.  I really really like the mystery bundles!  I remember that when I first pulled this fabric out of the bundle I new I wanted to make some sort of skinny jeans with it and then this pattern came along.  I knew immediately that this was the right fabric for these pants.  I love the pocket detail on these. It was one of the easiest pockets I have ever put in, but to be fair I haven’t really made a lot of pants.

I have never worn anything of this style or even floral printed pants so I have no idea if when I lose the weight this will work for me, but I so want it too.  This outfit is just fun.  One of the things I want to sew more of is pants and fun pants at that.  In the fall I pretty much only wear dark denim jeans and I want to change that this year by wearing more business like attire to work.  I have a few other fabric in my stash that I know I want to use for pants and I just bought the Sewaholic Thurlow Trouser pattern.

I am almost caught up with my blogging. I still have a couple of other projects I need to blog about, including my March of the Shieldmaiden dress.  Pretty sure I won’t blog about that one until I wear it to the ren faire in September though.  For the rest of tonight and tomorrow I will be making a fitting garment or two so that I can recover Broke Down Betty and make her fabulous!  That will be a whole post on it’s own to add to my blogging list.

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Simplicity 1804 part deux

Oh hai there!  It has been awhile hasn’t it?  Well I have been sewing a lot this month, that is a whole other post though.  Then there are all the other projects I have sewn in the last 3 months that I have not blogged about.  Maybe some more tomorrow.  Definitely not in another month though.  Today, however, is dedicated to the dress that I made over the weekend!

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May I present my newest maxi, view A of Simplicity 1804!

I love it!!

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This is my second time using this pattern.  Last time I made view D.  View A has been on my must make list since I got this pattern forever ago.  The only thing stopping me was fabric.  I could never settle on one I liked the best for it.  Until last year, when I got this pale pink and gray floral print from Jo-Ann’s red tag section.  It is a super soft swimwear like knit.  I think it has just a bit too much stretch and delicateness to be serious swimwear though.

This pattern did require one major adjustment though.  The following pictures are just for your amusement and hopefully you will be able to avoid the issues I had.

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The picture on the left is exactly how the pattern was originally.  It is had to tell from this picture, but there is about 1/4″ of my bra hanging out.  Now I am all for showing a bit of cleavage, but wowzer that is way too much!  The second picture is where I pinned it at a spot I thought would work better.  I took in the center front seam by 3″ total.

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Once I tried it back on it was still a quite a bit lower than I thought when I had pinned it.  So I took it in another 3″ tapering this one down to the bottom of the bodice.  I then had a lot of excess front skirt fabric so I created a reversed box pleat to add a little more tummy hiding fullness to the front.  I am so much happier now that I took in the center front.

I really like this style, but I am not sure if I will make this pattern again though.  The twisted band across the bust seam is very distinctive and I do not think that I need another one at this time.  If I do make it again I will probably add some sort of inset belt between the bust and skirt.  For now I have several other patterns I want to try out  this summer.

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A Bit of Catching Up

Pardon my absence as of late.  So much has been happening that I have hardly done any sewing let alone plan out a post.  So I thought I would share a bit of an update.

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First,  I got a new car!!  It is a 2014 Nissan Rogue.  I have been driving it for 3 weeks now and I love it!  Awhile back I said that there were two absolute musts before Eric and I adopt and the biggest was getting a new car.  My previous car was a 1995 2 door sport car with 185,000 miles, not really something you want to drive babies around in.   We were able to finally make this happen and I could not be happier.  This will be the car we drive our babies around in.  That is exciting to think about.

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The other thing that we have been plugging away on is a bathroom remodel!  Shortly after we moved into our house four years ago we discovered that the downstairs bathtub had a hole in the pipes causing water to pour out to our slab base and slowly leak out onto our tile floor. The only way to fix this was to rip out the entire bathroom to get to the pipes.  We have spent the last three years buying all the things we needed to complete the remodel and we started it almost two months ago.  We have discovered so many crazy things in the process, like there used to be a window in the bathroom that was left in unsecured to the studs and just had siding placed over it with no insulation.  GREAT!  I will be finishing repainting the ceiling this weekend and then we can start installing all the new fixtures. I will definitely have to share pics once it is done because it is quite the transformation.  It will be a bit before we take on any other remodeling projects though.  So much stress!!!

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If that wasn’t enough stress, my company is also moving from a small town to Indianapolis!  I am so excited about this.  It will be great for the company.  Luckily my commute will stay the same.  Our company has been in this small town for 28 years, so moving the whole company is quite an undertaking.  Do you know how much stuff is accumulated in 28 years?!?!? Whew!  We had a fabric sale, which of course I was all over.  I got quite a few goodies as you can see.  I took home a total of 17 yards of sequins awesomeness.  One of them has already been cut for a new Summer Concert Tee.  I will hopefully get to sew it over this long holiday weekend.

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One of the other things I acquired was a new to me dress form.  Right now I am calling her Brokedown Betty.  As you can see she has been well used.  She is just about my size so I am planning on padding her out just a little bit and making a new cover for her.  Soon she will be Beautiful Betty.

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Lastly I did make a new pair of pajamas!  I made them because I took a business trip to Atlanta with my bosses.  We went to a sewing and manufacturing trade show.  It was awesome!  I used 5 yards of flannel from the stash that I got this past Black Friday.  I love these.  The shorts are made with Butterick 5153 and the top is Butterick 6837.  It is the second time I have made this style of top but only the first time I have made it for myself.  I definitely see more of these in my future.

I still have one more outfit to blog about that I made way back in April.  I need to get some good pics of it soon and then I will share it.

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Sew What?!?! Spring 2014

Every spring and fall I write a post about what I want to sew for the upcoming season.  I am finally going to title these posts as Sew What?!?!.  This is a way to help me get my thoughts in order and make a plan for my personal sewing.  I only do it for spring and fall because what I sew for those seasons I tend to transition and wear through summer and winter respectively. Here is my list of trends for Spring/Summer 2014

1. Pantone’s Color of the year: Radiant Orchid

I am a sucker lover of all things Pantone!  They are the color authority and that is really all that needs to be said about that.

2. Girly pastels: lilac, mint

 

I am thinking something retro like cigarette pants or full skirts in soft feminine colors like lilac and mint and pale pink.  Pair it with some killer heals and red lipstick and I am set.

3. Retro silhouettes: 

Tying in with #2 I really want to try cigarette pants.  I am not sure if I will like them on me or not but they always look so freaking fantastic when I see them on others.  I have really wanted to try Gertie’s Butterick pattern B5895 for quite sometime and I finally did a couple of weeks ago and it combines with wearing pastels too .  I have yet to wear it but I will post a review about that later this week.

4. Tribal prints: 

 I feel like this has been on my list of must sews FOR-EV-ER!!!  Mostly it has been on there because I haven’t found the one tribal print that I die for.  Well I am happy to report that as this trend has gained in popularity over the last few seasons the number of prints is increasing and I have found 3 from Girl Charlee that I really like.  Let’s be real, I don’t think I need all three since 2 of them are similar enough.  I may pick these up here within the next couple of weeks. Now that I have the prints picked I have what I want to make planned out too.  A sweater with the black and white Hacci Sweater knit and a print blocked maxi dress with one of the two colorful prints.

5. High low pieces: 

This one is kind of a cheat as I have already made 2 high low Summer Concert Tees, but I want to try some high low skirts and dresses next.  I drafted a high low dress pattern which I have yet to make but I know it will work out well.

So there you have it, my list of must try’s for the season.  What is on your list?

Disclaimer: I do not take credit for any of these photos.  They all came from Google Searches.

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Pink April

#PinkApril Maxi Skirt

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Here is my contribution to the sewing rainbow!  This skirt is thanks to the wonderful ladies involved in #FabricChat!  This gorgeous chiffon fabric has been sitting in my stash for nearly a decade!!  Ten whole freaking years!  I love the print and just could not decide how I wanted to use it.  Well the Sewcialists on the last Fabric Chat helped me with that.  There were several options thrown out there for what I could do, but a maxi skirt was the one that struck me.  I made a different version of my self drafted skirt from last summer.  This version has the long chiffon layer with a short black cotton layer underneath.  Both are attached to 3″ wide elastic with a zig-zag stitch.  I used my 3 yards pink and black print chiffon and 1 yard of black cotton, all from my stash.  I wore it last Monday, when the weather was amazing.  I got quite a few compliments on it, so I think I want to make one more maxi version with a polka dot chiffon I got back in January.

On a side note, I made it through Lent without buying fabric!  It has been just over a week since Easter and I still haven’t bought fabric.  I think I want to continue this fabric fast until my New Orleans trip in June.  I know I will be buying fabric as a souvenir while there.  The only piece of fabric I want is some black swimwear lining to go under a ITY print knit from the stash.  I drafted a high low dress and I really need a lining for the fabric but don’t have one.  So when Jo-Ann’s decides to get more in for my local store I will get it, because I know that print will be perfect for my new pattern.

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March Round-up

So here it is, very nearly mid-April and I have yet to post about the awesome sewing I did last month.  To be honest, I haven’t even photographed any of it yet.  So this will be a mostly boring post without pictures of the cool things I did.  I did do quite a bit of sewing though.  I started work on a Star Wars costume for a client/Eric’s friend.  I patterned out pants, a new version of the undertunic I did for Eric’s costume, a new overtunic with epic hood and a new tabbard pattern.  I made muslins of all four.  The pants and the overtunic I finished to make them wearable for Eric.  See, his friend lives in Alabama so I made the muslins in Eric’s size so he could show the client when he went down to visit two weeks ago.  Yeah, I made these things nearly three weeks ago and still no pictures!

While Eric was down there I did sew my Shieldmaiden costume for March of the Shieldmaidens. So far I have just the dress done.  I still need to make my apron and beaded strands for it.  I plan on wearing this costume when we go to the ren faire this year.

I also did make the two Summer Concert tees that I actually blogged about already!  I’ll count that as a win.  Here are my stats for this past month.

Out:

2yds printed knit  - STASH (Concert tee)

2yds burnout knit – STASH (Concert tee)

2 3/4yds black woven – STASH (costume pants)

4 1/2yds muslin – STASH (undertunic muslin)

4 3/4yds muslin – STASH (overtunic muslin)

4 1/4yds hunter green moleskin – STASH (Shieldmaiden costume)

For a grand total of 20 1/4yards of stash fabric out and nothing, and I mean NOTHING, came in.  Not even a bit of free fabric made it into my house this past month.

Giving up new fabric acquisitions for Lent was the best decision I could have made.  There are a few piece of fabric I have been eyeing in various places but I have done very well so far this year.  So well, in fact, that I am confident I can really curb my fabric addiction this year.  I do know I at least want to buy some fabric when I am in New Orleans because that is my kind of souvenir and I will probably go out on Black Friday in November like normal.  Other than that I may allow myself to buy a few more yards, but I really want to focus on making a sizable dent in my stash this year.  Being a quarter of the way through the year and 48 yards used, I think I am well on my way to being able to use 200yds in a single year.  I think that will be my goal for the rest of the year.

I have already started this month out great too by using 6 1/2 yards so far.  Some of which I just cut today for my weekend projects.  Hopefully I will be in a photogenic mood next week that I can take pics of the new stuff I have patterned and sewn.

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Summer Concert Tee

Have you gotten in on the Perfect Pattern Parcel train yet?  If not you should!!  Not only are you supporting indie pattern designers and getting some awesome patterns, you are supporting children’s education!  Originally I bought it for the Lady Skater pattern, which I have yet to make.  Instead I opted to first make Dixie DIY’s Summer Concert Tee.

Summer Concert Tee

I was unsure of the fullness of the top at first, but let me tell you all, I am in love with this pattern!  I got so many compliments when I wore it to work that I was quickly won over.  My bust measurement was just an inch bigger than the XL and I thought I would be able to get away with that since there is so much ease in the pattern.  The fabric I used had not been pre-washed, so I did end up adding a little just in case it shrinks when I wash it.  I used 2 yards of a printed cotton knit from  the stash that I got at Jo-Ann’s at least 5 years ago.  Yay for stashbusting!

Summer Concert Tee

 It took me all of 30 minutes to cut out the fabric and sew it up!  So easy.  I did make a few minor changes to it.  I took off the bands on the sleeves and lengthened the sleeves by 2″.  I also added 2″ to the hem.  I recommend this pattern to everyone who wants something quick and easy to make.  I love the hi-lo hem.  I love it so much I am thinking about drafting my own tank top version that is more fitted in the top with an attached hi-lo skirt.

Summer Concert Tee

I made a second version the next day at work on my lunch.  It also used 2 yards of a burnout stash knit.  This one was not as successful though.  The fabric is absolutely terrible!  It sticks to it self like it is full of static but it is not.  It is mostly why this piece has been in my stash for the last 6 years or so.  I didn’t finish any of the hems on this version.  I think it is going to be a around the house lazy weekend kind of top.

I love this pattern so much I am thinking about drafting my own tank top version that is more fitted with and empire top and attached hi-lo lower bodice.

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February Round-up

So very very late in posting, I know!  I didn’t do much of any sewing last month though.  The sewing that I did do didn’t even happen until the very last day of February.  But I did do some and it did stick with my sewing resolutions!  I made two versions of McCall’s 6844.  Everyone has been making such awesome versions of it since it came out last year that I thought I better jump on the tail end of this train.

McCall's 6844

I am not going to post a review on PR because there 48 other reviews and quite frankly it is such an easy pattern there is nothing really to say about it.

McCall's 6844

I did make two versions though.  For the first one I made view C with the peplum out of 2 yards of crepe knit from the stash.  I got it from Fabric Mart in 2012 so I am glad to have used it!

McCall's 6844

The second version is my favorite though!! It is view B.  I used 2 yards of a navy and white striped Hacci sweater knit that I got from Girl Charlee Fabrics back in December, so it is from the stash as well.  This is what I made for #BlueFebruary. I did a hell of a job matching the stripes.

On a side note, if you have not ordered sweater knits from Girl Charlee, you are missing out!  I love this fabric.  It is light weight and super soft.  I cannot wait to order more from them. Too bad I have given up buying fabric for Lent.

I also used 3 1/4 yards of muslin to make Eric a muslin sport coat.  It was a failed attempt! I am terrible at welt pockets.  So I am setting it aside. I cannot say if I will get back to it.  The thought of the amount of work that will go into the whole thing is a bit on the overwhelming side.  This coming from the girl who will hand sew over 4700 pearls on to my next ren faire costume.

With that muslin I used a total of only 7 1/4 yards of stash fabric.  On the plus side nothing new came into the sewing space, so I count last month as a win.

Up next is my March of the Shieldmaiden costume!

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